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Intuit Certified QuickBooks User

Supercharge your career with QuickBooks Certification.
Validate your knowledge and prove that you know QuickBooks.
Perfect for any experience level. We'll make sure you're ready.
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4 easy steps to get certified.

Choose to get certified in QuickBooks Online or QuickBooks Desktop

Your current choice is QuickBooks Desktop (Pro, Premier, or Enterprise)

You can change your choice here:

Change QuickBooks version
Change between QuickBooks Desktop or Online to see the training that's right for you

Want to get certified in both QuickBooks Desktop and Online?
Chat with a training advisor who can provide options on how to get certified in both.

Choose how you want to prepare for the exam
3 ways to learn everything you need to pass the exam. Learn more about each option in the table below.

Live class Self paced class VIP membership
$679.95 $579.95 $679.95

(+ $29.95 per month after 30 days for live services)
Includes 1 exam w/1 retake ($156 value) Includes testing fee w/1 retake ($156 value) Includes 5 exams w/1 retake ($780 value)
2-day live class (online). Great if you prefer being guided by a live teacher. Self-paced version of our 2-day class. Great if you prefer learning at your own pace. Best of both worlds. You get the self-paced class PLUS weekly Certification prep courses.
Need help? Your instructor answers all your questions during class. No option for help or to get answers to your questions. Your instructor is available 44 hours per week during our weekday Q&A sessions!
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Study, practice, PASS
To help you prepare for the exam, we’ll send the following.

Certification Prep Materials.

  • A study guide
  • A Practice test.
  • A Free exam voucher with one retake ($156 value – VIPs receive 5 free vouchers) and
  • Instructions on how to schedule your exam, register your voucher, and take the test at your scheduled time.

VIP members get extra help to prepare for the test:

  • Special Certification prep classes (live & recorded), and
  • Q&A sessions – where an instructor will answer your questions with a live demo – every weekday (available 44 hours a week). 
Take the exam at a Certified Testing Center
You’re almost there! The final step is to take the QuickBooks Certification exam.

Certiport (Intuit’s 3rd party testing provider) has authorized testing centers all across the United States…but you can take the test online, from home, on our Certified Testing Portal site.

We’ll send you all the instructions on how to schedule your exam and register your voucher.

Which version should I choose?

Get certified for your current job. If you already know which version your company uses, get certified in that version. If you don’t, we recommend finding out first.

Get certified to improve your chances at getting a new job. About 1/2 of businesses use Desktop, and the other 1/2 use Online. If you’re looking for a new job, we recommend getting certified in both versions so you qualify for more possible jobs. Certification in both versions is included with the VIP membership.

What are the differences between my options


Self paced class

Live class

VIP membership

$579.95. $679.95 $679.95 (plus $29.95 per month after 30 days to maintain live support)
Covers what I need to know for the exam (“Mastering QuickBooks Level 1)
YES YES (same content) YES PLUS much more
Includes test voucher with one retake ($156 value)
YES YES YES (5 vouchers)
Includes practice test & exercises
I can ask an instructor questions
NO YES (only during class) YES. Q&A sessions available 44 hours per week
Additional prep classes beyond “Mastering QuickBooks”
NO NO YES (live and recorded)
Includes training and vouchers to get certified in both QuickBooks Online and Desktop?
NO NO YES (Access to Mastering QuickBooks for BOTH Desktop & Online PLUS 5 test vouchers)
Additional training and live support after certification
NO NO YES (keep 4 courses if you don’t subscribe. Attend live classes and Q&A sessions if you do)

What's on the QuickBooks certification test

QuickBooks Desktop test

QuickBooks setup – 6%

A student should know:

  • What information is required before they set up a QuickBooks file
  • How to start a new company data file in QuickBooks (Express Start and Advanced Setup – formerly called the Easy Step Interview)
  • How to keep the lists and preferences from an old file while removing old transactions
  • How to customize the Home page
  • How to set up lists (customers, vendors, items, etc.). This includes understanding which names and items should appear on which lists

Utilities & general product knowledge – 12%

A student should know:

  • How to navigate or move around QuickBooks (use Home page, menus, icon bar, etc.)
  • How to back up and restore a data file
  • How to determine the release number and how to update QuickBooks
  • How to use QuickBooks in single-user and multi-user mode
  • What editions of QuickBooks are available and how to find out which one they are using
  • How to password-protect QuickBooks
  • How and why to use preferences

Payroll – 12%

A student should know:

  • The differences between the payroll services available from QuickBooks
  • How to set up payroll (including employees, Federal and State taxes and basic payroll deductions) using the Payroll Setup Wizard
  • How to set up an employee’s earnings and sick or vacation time
  • How to track sick or vacation time (accruing hours and using “banked” hours)
  • How and why to setup payroll schedules
  • How to run payroll
  • How and why to pay payroll liabilities
  • How to prepare payroll forms (Form 941, W-2) in QuickBooks
  • Track time and use it for payroll or for invoicing customers

Items – 8%

A student should know:

  • How QuickBooks uses items to perform the necessary accounting behind the scenes
  • The different types of items and when to use each type
  • How to use items for different types of scenarios. These include companies that sell:
    • Products for a specified price
    • Deleting entries
    • Services for a specified price
    • Unique products or services that have different prices for each sale
    • One service or product

Sales – 10%

A student should know:

  • Who should be listed in the Customer Center
  • How to navigate and use the Customer Center
  • How to complete the workflow (from the sale-making the deposit) for:
    • Invoicing (A/R)
    • Sales Receipts (no A/R)
  • How QuickBooks uses the Undeposited Funds, Accounts Receivable, and checking accounts in the invoicing cycle
  • How and why to record a customer credit
  • How and why to create statements
  • How to handle bounced (NSF) checks

Purchases – 10%

A student should know:

  • Who should be listed in the Vendor Center
  • How to navigate and use the Vendor Center
  • The different workflows for making purchases:
    • Entering and paying bills (A/P)
    • Writing checks
    • Using a Credit Card
    • Using a Debit Card
  • How to record the transactions in the purchase workflows
  • How and why to record a vendor credit
  • How to complete the inventory workflow (Purchase Order to payment)
  • How to set up, collect and pay sales tax
  • Bank reconciliation

Basic accounting – 10%

A student should know:

  • What the basic financial statements are and have a basic understanding of what they mean.
  • The difference between cash and accrual reports
  • How and why to set a closing date
  • How to enter a Journal Entry if asked to do so by an accountant (they do not need to fully understand what accounts to debit or credit)

Reports – 16%

A student should know:

  • Why and how to use the Report Center
  • How to customize reports (collapsing subaccounts, etc.)
  • The basic question that each report answers (basic understanding of each report)
  • How and why to send reports to Excel (how to update/refresh Excel reports from QuickBooks)
  • How and why to process multiple reports
  • How and why to memorize reports

List management – 6%

A student should know:

  • How to manage lists (customers, vendors, items, etc.). List management includes:
    • Adding new entries
    • Deleting entries
    • Editing entries
    • Merging entries

Customization/saving time & shortcuts – 16%

A student should know:

  • How and why to memorize transactions (Automate Transaction Entry)
  • How to set up multiple users and what level of access can be granted or denied
  • How and why to create custom fields (customers, vendors, and employees)
  • How to customize an invoice

Where to take the exam

After class, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to prepare (with the official practice exam) and register to take the exam using your exclusive voucher ($156 value). VIP members receive 5 vouchers ($780 value). When you’re ready to take the exam, follow the steps in the email to schedule your exam from the comfort of your home on the Certified QuickBooksTraining Test site.